Steam Powered: Doki Doki Literature Club!

517px-Doki_Doki_Literature_Club_CoverWhat the hell did I just play?

One day I was browsing Steam looking for something new to play. As a cheapskate and Visual Novel lover, I found myself drawn to Doki Doki Literature Club! for its adorable art style and the fact it was free to play. I downloaded it and started playing.

As the game started a warning popped up, informing me that this game is not for the faint-hearted and contained disturbing content.

Huh, weird, I thought but I didn’t pay it much attention as the menu appeared with a cute song playing. Maybe I misread it. Whatever.

In hindsight, I should have taken that warning seriously.

At the beginning, all seemed well. The music was upbeat and the four girls Sayori, Natsuki, Yuri and Monika all seemed like lovable characters. I took an immediate interest in Yuri so I focused on her. Trying to pick out the right words to win her over and favouring her every chance I got. You know, regular Visual Novel stuff.

Then, everything changed.

YuriI won’t spoil it, but at a certain part something horrifying happens to one of the girls and the game is never the same after. I was shocked and felt a little sick. Then the warning made sense.

Lesson learned, always read the disclaimers.

After that, the once adorable and sweet Visual Novel became a psychological horror. I am not going to lie to you, I was a bit scared to continue playing yet I couldn’t bring myself to stop.

After I finished and the trama has worn off a bit, let’s talk about Doki Doki Literature Club!

The reason I have been purposely vague about details about the game is that its one of those games that are best experienced blind. While the internet might have spoiled elements of the game I would still recommend everyone check it out but be warned there is a fair about of disturbing content and it might be unsuitable for certain people.

If you are looking for an unsettlingly experience that will stick with you and you are broke from Christmas shopping, grab a book and join the Doki Doki Literature Club!

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